GPJA #431: Part 2. International news & Analysis – 21/6/12


“Economic inequality feeds into inequalities of political power, leading to still more economic inequality.” Joseph Stiglitz, The vicious cycle of economic inequality, Politico, June 11, 2012

“When the rich make war, it’s the poor that die” – Jean-Paul Sartre

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” – George Orwell

“Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.



CEO pay at America’s seven largest banks averaged 100 times the median U.S. household income in 1989 — and over 500 times that median in 2007


Global Trends Report: 800,000 new refugees in 2011, highest this century

Sam Gindin on the crisis in labor


Julian Assange Seeks Asylum at Ecuadorean Embassy By Donna Bowater – “While the department assesses Mr Assange’s application, Mr Assange will remain at the embassy, under the protection of the Ecuadorian Government.”

Julian Assange’s Artful Dodge By Ray McGovern – Barring a CIA drone strike on the Ecuadorian embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s sudden appeal for asylum there may spare him a prison stay in Sweden or possibly the United States.

Julian Assange’s Right to Asylum By Glenn Greenwald – Given the travesty that is American justice, WikiLeaks’ founder is entitled to seek asylum and well-advised to fear extradition.


Poll: Only one in ten in G20 countries believe austerity will work – ITUC OnLine

Global economy: reasons to be fearful – Monetary and fiscal authorities are running out of policy bullets or, more cynically, policy rabbits to pull out of their hats by Nouriel Roubini


Rio+20: Farmers, Indigenous peoples mobilise against green capitalism and the privatisation of nature

The Earth Cannot Be Saved By Hope And Billionaires By George Monbiot

Beautiful green world? On the myth of the green capitalist economy

Food, Farmers and the TPP

Five Million Brazilian Farmers Take on Monsanto and Win $2 Billion

NO REDD+! – Decolonize the Earth and the Sky! Declaration of the Global Alliance of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on Climate Change against REDD+ in Rio de Janeiro

The Contradictions Of Environmental Keynesianism


Outrage at Afghan minister’s prostitution comments

Afghanistan suspends political party sparking fears over freedom of speech

Afghanistan: The Top Ten Lies that Recur in the Mainstream Media By James O’Neill #1. That the West’s involvement in Afghanistan was initiated by the events of 11 September 2001:


Workers comp under attack in NSW: Shame, Barry, shame!

Workers tell Barry: hands off sick and injured workers’ rights!


The Macroeconomics of Chinese kleptocracy

Is China Becoming a Mafia State? – John Garnaut

Housing starts plunge despite rate cuts


System or Siege? Samuel Farber misses the main cause of Cuba’s problems

Attorney Martin Garbus speaks to the press about the latest legal development in the case of the Five

Mariela Castro

Revolutionizing Gender: Mariela Castro MS, Director, National Sex Education Center, Cuba


New left or new colonialism?


Egyptian Military Council Severely Restricts Authority of Newly Elected President

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood call for mass protests

The True Face of Egypt’s Military

Masses fill Tahir Square

The Troubled Revolutionary Path in Egypt: A Return to the Basics

Egypt’s military junta pushes back against people’s power

Egypt’s Impoverishing Choice By Sean F. McMahon – Egypt’s monopoly capitalist class, represented by Ahmed Shafiq, is battling the domestic capitalist class, represented by Muhammed (“the Spare”) Morsi. The military is mediating the battle, in line with is own very real material interests, and the interests of the workers and peasants are being trampled.


SYRIZA pipped at the post; photos, videos of SYRIZA’s final election rally, Athens

A week on the streets in Athens – in pictures

Greece’s super-rich maintain lavish lifestyles and low profiles

Costas Lapavitsas answers your questions on Greece and the eurozone crisis

SYRIZA Leader Hails Venezuela’s Anti-Capitalist Example


Iraq: Lies and Statistics By Felicity Arbuthnot


One Divides Into Two – Nepal’s Maoists in Crisis


Fiji TV ‘media-muzzle’ drama poses new questions over regime


Israel agrees to release hunger-striking Palestinian soccer player

Ramzy Baroud: Gaza Experiment: Mere Words Will Not Help Solve Gaza Crisis

Israeli ex-soldier: I support Palestinian armed resistance and understand terror

‘Our next project is a water well’: mayor of Gaza refugees by Tali Williams

New report: Gaza’s water ‘unfit to drink’

BBC exposure of MidEast’s rogue nuclear state: Israel

Alice Walker refuses publisher, citing Israeli apartheid


The Filipino people are justly proud they forced the closure of US military bases in their country after they ousted the Marcos dictatorship in 1986. But Corazon Fabros of the Stop The War Coalition of the Philippines warns that US and allied militaries are attempting a

‘comeback through the backdoor’.


The Spanish miners’ strike puts their rulers on even shakier ground

Cuban ‘exiles’ get a bitter taste of capitalist free market in Spain


Between Imperialism and Repression By Sami Ramadani, Samuel Grove

What To Do About Syria – While critique of the Assad government is widespread in the mainstream media, this Middle East Online article gives a more balanced account of the Syrian conflict. The author discusses how the West, and the US in particular, condemned recent events in Houla, but downplayed the killings of the anti-Assad opposition in Damascus earlier in May.


For Crown or Country: Is the lese majeste law, designed to prevent insults to the Thai royal family, being abused and should it be abolished?


Roget warns of mass demonstration in PoS,162017.html


The framing of the NATO Five: Eric Ruder argues that the case against five young men associated with the NATO summit protests in Chicago represents an attack on all our movements.

Why Pass Indefinite Military Detention Law Now?

NYC: Thousands March To End Stop-And-Frisk

Low-Wage Nation – -Poverty and Inequality are Threatening our Democracy By Peter Edelman: Half of U.S. jobs now pay $34,000 or less a year. A quarter of U.S. jobs pay less than $22,000, the poverty line for a family of four.


Extreme Right of Opposition “Planning a Boycott” of Elections, Says Venezuela’s Chávez

Our Man in Caracas: The U.S. Media and Henrique Capriles

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